Roof Ridge Capping Repair
No, we are not trying to get to the bottom of this. In fact, we are going to get to the top of this. The very top in fact. The very top of the roof… the ridge cap.
Ridge cap shingles cover the peak of the roof where the two sides of the roof meet. They are shingles that are bent over the two sides of the roof and they prevent water from leaking into the inner structure. For your free roof inspection, call our roofers and we will help you.
Ordinarily the ridge cap shingles are the most vulnerable shingles on the roof. They are more apt to blow off during high winds and are more easily damaged during a hail storm. Over time, and more often than not, they tend to degenerate faster than the shingles on the rest of the roof. Your ridge cap shingles should be inspected once a year to insure none have blown off, been damaged by weather, or suffered deterioration.
One great thing about replacing ridge cap shingles is that it is a relatively simple job. Inspect the entire ridge finding the shingles that need to be replaced. You may just be planning to replace a single shingle that has have blown off but you may want to give that another thought. It is wise to replace any other shingles that are worn or damaged that may be a potential problem for you later.
Always use a safe ladder when getting onto a roof. Be sure the roof is dry, never work on a wet roof. The best time to do your repairs is in the mornings before the roof heats up from the sun. Check the roof out thoroughly before getting on it. In the summer time when temperatures are high you may even damage the shingles on your roof by walking on them. Be sure you have all the tools and material you need with you so you don’t have to repeat going up and down the ladder. Remember safety first.
The tools you will need will be a hammer, a good sharp utility knife, roofing nails, a pry bar, roofing caulk, and of course shingles to replace the damaged or missing ones. It is always a good idea to wear proper shoes with soft soles and leather gloves to protect your hands
Using a pry bar, lift the shingle covering the shingle that is damaged. That will give you access to the nails attaching the shingle to the roof. Remove the nails and slide the damaged shingle out. Slip the new shingle back into place and nail it down on both sides of the ridge. Be sure to dab a little roofing caulk on each one of the nail heads and lay the shingle above it back down using a little roofing caulk to insure it lays down adequately. Repeat the process as needed on each shingle you intend to replace.
Now that we have gotten to the bottom of repairing the top…you’re the man, you can do this.